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Page 1: It’s our annual end-of-the-year triple issue! And there’s no better way to get all your favorite Brooklyn Paper graphics, columns, news articles, pictures and retrospective tributes than by clicking the headline above and downloading a complete version of print edition. Makes a great Christmas present or stocking stuffer! Keep hustlin’, Brooklyn! Read more…

Merry Christmas to all!

Look, we’re going to take a few days off to let everyone soak in the Christmas spirit (and see “Sherlock Holmes”), so check back with us on Monday, Dec. 28 for some fresh news. Merry Christmas, Brooklyn!
To some, it was the worst year in decades. To others, it was merely horrible. But for us at The Brooklyn Paper, 2009 will go down in history as another 12-month period when lots of interesting, important, newsworthy, exciting, traumatic and Atlantic Yards things happened. Comments (4)

Flea of the lords!

Flea of the lords!

Shopping: One of the borough’s most glorious indoor spaces — a veritable cathedral to retail — is going to host a flea market. Comment

Theater company robbed!

Brooklyn Heights: Someone stole big bucks from the small Heights Players. Plus all the other crime news from Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Downtown and DUMBO’s 84th Precinct. Comment
The City Council strongly backed a plan to encourage residential development inside the now mostly commercial “Broadway Triangle” on Monday, but the battle isn’t over as a coalition of 40 North Brooklyn community groups announced an expansion of its earlier lawsuit. Comments (7)

He’s making wine — in Red Hook!

Shopping: Buying local is all the rage in Brooklyn, but the enthusiasm has yet to extend to wines. But that’s about to change now that the Red Hook Winery is selling its first vintage. Comments (2)
It’s New Year’s Eve and you know the drill: Fork over $100 for a couple of drinks, two wilted hors-d’oeuvres, and a grim resolution to not spend a dime until your next paycheck. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Comments (2)
Shopping: A new Union Market will open today. Comments (2)

Holy meatballs!

Carroll Gardens: Two more burglaries at Ikea. Plus all the crime news from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook’s 76th Precinct. Comment

Bridge-and-tunnel crowd ruins our columnist’s night at Brooklyn Bowl

Campbell’s Soup: All he wanted was a filthy, freaky, nasty Brooklyn dance party, but all he got was a bunch of Manhattanites drinking Haterade. Comments (14)

Help send these dancers to Scotland

Park Slope: Park Slope’s own teenage dance troupe is one high-step closer to strutting its stuff on the world stage. Comments (10)
Enjoy the snow for one more day — without having to worry about alternate-side-of-the-street parking. Comments (1)

Rejection! Court turns down Yards foes in suit over MTA’s sweetheart deal

Atlantic Yards: A state court has once again rebuffed an effort to throw a wrench in Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards machine, rejecting a lawsuit that accused the MTA of improperly selling its Vanderbilt rail yard by not seeking new bids after reopening the original 2005 deal with the developer this summer. Comments (10)

Solar power car guy is just waiting for customers

Columbia St Waterfront: Finally, there’s a way to get around town without polluting or burning anything (or walking!). Comments (2)

Not so ‘Brief’! St. Ann’s Warehouse extends hit show

Theater: One of the most successful shows in the history of St. Ann’s Warehouse has been extended. Comments (1)

So what if her tree stinks — Smartmom’s Christmas is wonderful

Smartmom: The family is together in Brooklyn — where it belongs. Comments (2)

Ring in the new year with Melissa’s gingerbread spice cake

Shopping: I have loved gingerbread since I was a little girl, when I made it for my dad, served warm and topped simply with fresh whipped cream. Just the smell of it baking makes you warm and toasty all over. Comments (5)

Dar Williams returns for her annual post-Xmas gig

Music: Along with the Christmas trees hawked on street corners and vacant lots, decorations on main drags, competing versions of “The Nutcracker,” one thing that’s come to be expected each holiday season is a post-Christmas show at Southpaw from Dar Williams. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: For the second time in a week, bicyclists’ attempts to protest the city’s removal of the Bedford Avenue bike lane were foiled by the weather. Comments (8)

Too much green

Williamsburg: Too much green Comment

Lack of control

Williamsburg: Lack of control Comment

It’s mourning in Williamsburg

Williamsburg: A bike lane is gone, but it was not unloved. Comment

Holiday party with Santa

Williamsburg: Yuletide cheer abounded in Williamsburg where the young and the young-at-heart extended a rollicking welcome to the old man in the red suit with a bag of toys. Comment

‘Different world’ in the ’burg

Williamsburg: Crime is down in Williamsburg nearly 12 percent this year, continuing its downward trend over the past decade. Comment

“As The World Turns” moves out of Brooklyn

Williamsburg: “As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

Newtown Creek countdown

Williamsburg: The clock is ticking. Comment

Satmar Night Live

Williamsburg: Satmar Night Live Comment

Residents Saddened by Cyclist’s Fatality

Williamsburg: In the wake of a shocking fatality involving a cyclist and a truck on Nassau Avenue this weekend, North Brooklyn transportation advocates are calling for more safety improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the borough. Comment

Parents outraged by MTA

Williamsburg: Brooklyn parents were up in arms after the MTA’s passage of their 2010 budget Thursday that included the elimination of free and reduced price public transportation for city kids to and from school. Comment

Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive 2009

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment

Oh no! Not the sour cream

Williamsburg: My relationship with baking Christmas cookies goes way back and sad to say, it’s been a rocky relationship at best. Comment

Happy Holidays to one and all

Williamsburg: In my local specialty food store, a robust lady shopper thrust herself between the delicate rows of tasty morsels and, lunging ahead of me, claimed the last packet of imported biscuits. Clutching it to her bosom, she turned to me, locked her eyes with mine and, giving a triumphant nod, walked off. Comment

Given the boot

Brooklyn Courier: Given the boot Comment

Eighth Avenue welcomes the 12 days of Christmas

Brooklyn Courier: Holiday cheer took center stage at the Park Slope Armory, where clients made merry by joining festive forces with workers and neighbors for a program of celebration, hosted by the Park Slope Women’s Shelter. Comment

LGBT protestors hit Kruger

Brooklyn Courier: Since his vote against gay marriage affected their homes, an outraged group of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) activists visited Mill Island in an attempt to destroy the Sunday afternoon sanctity of the place where State Senator Carl Kruger hangs his hat. Comment

No-go for Gitmo

Brooklyn Courier: Brooklynites braced for the possibility of Guantánamo detainees being put on trial in the borough as Justice Department officials dismissed a New York Times story on the issue as “entirely speculative.” Comment

Santa’s little helpers

Brooklyn Courier: Youngsters in need are in for a brighter holiday season, thanks to the goodwill efforts of members of Michael A. Rawley Post 1636 of the American Legion. Comment

Sidewalk decals point way to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: With all due respect to the Wizard of Oz, Brooklynites might soon be singing, ‘Follow the green arrow road.’ Comment

Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive ’09

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment

‘As The World Turns’ exiting BKLYN stage

Brooklyn Courier: “As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

Senesh gets attention of Board 6

Brooklyn Courier: Community Board 6 threw several ounces of prevention at a proposal to amend the city code so that a Carroll Gardens private school may expand — even though the proposal has already been withdrawn by the lawmaker who planned to introduce it this week. Comment

Coats wanted

Brooklyn Courier: Borough President Marty Markowitz and New York Cares are asking Brooklynites to give the coats off their back, sort of. Comment

Better medicine on the horizon to treat diabetes

Brooklyn Courier: There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment

Directional changes on Fifth Avenue and Pacific Street

Brooklyn Courier: Beginning December 22, the following streets in Brooklyn will undergo directional changes: Fifth Avenue, between Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, will become northbound only; and Pacific Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, will become two-way. Comment

Gillibrand talks health reform in Park Slope

Brooklyn Courier: The state’s freshman senator came to Park Slope’s New York Methodist Hospital last week to meet medical professionals and talk up President Obama’s health care reform initiative. Comment

‘Bark! The herald angel sings! returns in ’09

BoroBeat: ‘Twas the season for a wag-nificent howl-fest. Comment

Borough hall basks in menorah’s warm glow

BoroBeat: Turkish Consul General Mehmet Samsar was swept off his feet during a visit to Borough Hall Plaza where he helped usher in Chanukah by boarding a cherry picker to light “the largest menorah in Downtown Brooklyn.” Comment

Prospect park celebrates construction of the new Lakeside center%A0

BoroBeat: City officials joined benefactors and visionaries at the Wollman Rink in Prospect Park to symbolically break ground for the first phase of Lakeside Center, the “most significant landscape restoration project ever undertaken” at the landmark emerald empire. Comment

Thousands swiped

Kings Courier: Thousands swiped Comment

‘Bus-only’ lanes coming

Kings Courier: A revamped B44 route will bring bus-only lanes and parking changes to Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Rejoicing in a season of good cheer

Kings Courier: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church shimmers with the spirit of the season. Comment

Angry ‘inch’ backlash on Ave. N

Kings Courier: A local community group has reiterated its opposition to a home enlargement that leaves only half an inch between the structure and its neighbor. Comment

A little piece of the North Pole on East 26th St.%A0

Kings Courier: Yule be in for a treat! Tired of wrapping Christmas gifts and stirring the eggnog? Unwind by taking a festive evening stroll through Midwood and feast your eyes upon the glittering holiday home at East 26th Street and Avenue R, where the spirit of the season glows brightly.Photo by Steve Solomonson Comment

Tougher stance on gang activity carries more jail time

Kings Courier: With gang activity on the increase in Coney Island, the lawmaker representing the area is looking to put more teeth in prosecuting crime related to it. Comment

Santa claus drops in on Good Shepherd church

Kings Courier: ‘Twas the season for parishioners to unite in song %u2013 plus enjoy a merry mingle with Kris Kringle %u2013 as Yuletide festivities got underway at Good Shepherd Church. Comment

Red light, green light, one...two...three - finally!

Kings Courier: Pedestrians have been given the green light to pound the pavement safely %u2013 thanks to a new traffic signal at a busy intersection in Canarsie. Comment

Cops and clergy pray for crime solution

Kings Courier: Cops from the 70th Precinct received the blessing of dozens of rabbis, imams, Protestant ministers and Catholic priests last week after Inspector Ralph Monteforte, the precinct’s commanding officer, confessed to all of the community’s sins — and victories — over the past year. Comment

Flatbush park jewish ctr. revels in festival of lights

BoroBeat: Festive frolickers made merry by igniting the spirit of joy during a Chanukah festival presented by the Flatbush Park Jewish Center. Comment

Mary Queen of Heaven welcomes St. Nick

BoroBeat: Mill Basin is glowing with seasonal cheer. Comment

Senior killed

Flatbush: Senior killed Comment

Cops charge housing project in wake of shooting

Flatbush: NYPD Emergency Services Unit (ESU) members descend on a Linden Boulevard apartment following a recent shooting. Comment

PS 217 Bad dream

Flatbush: If Brooklyn Dreams Charter School opens in Flatbush, P.S. 217 will suffer, parents say. Comment

P.S. 361 brings Christmas magic to Kings Plaza

BoroBeat: Talented Public School 361 students polished up on their vocal chords and ushered in the holidays with a concert of show-stopping tunes, which had shoppers at Kings Plaza Mall smiling and toe-tapping along. Comment

Holiday bash with Cortelyou Road merchants

BoroBeat: The season of good cheer rained gifts galore on a group of lucky recipients when the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association held its annual holiday frolic in Flatbush. Comment

Reindeer cleared to land on Avenue D

BoroBeat: Avenue D is twinkling for the holidays %u2013 thanks to the big-hearted efforts of its community. Comment

Found Murdered

Brooklyn Courier: Found murdered Comment

it’s strictly ballroom for p.s. 38 students

Brooklyn Courier: Take your partners, please, for the waltz, tango and fox trot. Comment

Board 6 passes responsible development policy

Community Board 6 this week unanimously approved a policy it hopes will protect the district from the perils of unscrupulous contractors. Comment

Better diabetes treatments

Brooklyn Courier: There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment

Ye olde fashioned yuletide in the neighborhood

BoroBeat: Sweet songs and a glittering fir kicked off holiday celebrations at the Transit Garden in Carroll Gardens. Comment

Good tidings we bring for you and your kin

BoroBeat: The waterfront is aglow for the holidays. Comment

Upping the ante

Canarsie: Upping the ante Comment

Obama bad, unions worse and ‘more to love’

Perspective: I have to tell you something. I know you’re going to find this hard to believe because knana hurra, pooh. pooh, pooh, I look so good, but here it is. I am a senior citizen. Really. I am. I’ve […] Comment

Community lauds new traffic safety measures

Canarsie: Pedestrians have been given the green light to pound the pavement safely %u2013 thanks to a new traffic signal at a busy intersection in Canarsie. Comment

Fidler tix troubles

Canarsie: Fidler tix troubles Comment

Mysterious van still sought in hit and run

Canarsie: Police are continuing to look for the driver of a white van that nearly ended the life of a 12-year-old girl. Comment

Nostalgic return to ‘Pigtown’ days

Canarsie: While it may be difficult to picture now, East Flatbush was once a community with vast expanses of open land and occasional rambling houses dating back to the Victorian era and even earlier, crisscrossed by unpaved roads. Comment

Deck the halls for the holidays

Canarsie: Lilting music, a romp with Santa and the lighting of a majestic fir ignited holiday celebrations at Borough Hall. Comment

City tech has big plans for Collider

Canarsie: New York City College of Technology Physics Professor Giovanni Ossola thinks both small and big. Comment

“As The World Turns” to leave Brooklyn

Canarsie: “As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

Online real estate training debuts

Canarsie: Move over dull old boot camp, there’s an exciting new training facility in town %u2013 and its in cyberspace. Comment

Tougher stance on gang activities

Canarsie: With gang activity on the increase in Coney Island, the lawmaker representing the area is looking to put more teeth in prosecuting crime related to it. Comment

Bloomy vetoes tix relief

Canarsie: City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment

DOJ downplays report of detainee move here%A0

Canarsie: Brooklynites braced for the possibility of Guantánamo detainees being put on trial in the borough as Justice Department officials dismissed a New York Times story on the issue as “entirely speculative.” Comment

Trucks’ parking problems

Canarsie: The streets near Canarsie Cemetery continue to be haunted by tractor-trailers parked illegally at the curb overnight. Comment

Meadowwood sings the season’s praises

BoroBeat: ‘Tis the season! Comment

Amazing ‘Dreamcoat’ wows Brooklyn audiences%A0

BoroBeat: Budding performers ushered in the holidays with a rip-roaring performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Edward R. Murrow High School. Comment

Christmas comes early for local children

BoroBeat: The festive spirit flowed freely as stilt performers and acrobats shared the spotlight with jugglers and dancers during a holiday extravaganza at the Christian Cultural Center for youngsters in need. Comment

Booking Brawl

Brooklyn Heights: Booking brawl Comment

Giant menorah shines bright

Brooklyn Heights: Turkish Consul General Mehmet Samsar was swept off his feet during a visit to Borough Hall Plaza where he helped usher in Chanukah by boarding a cherry picker to light “the largest menorah in Downtown Brooklyn.” Comment

‘As The World Turns’ to exit Brooklyn stage

Brooklyn Heights: “As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

Bloomy vetoes ‘grace period’

Brooklyn Heights: City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment

Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive 2009 launches

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment

More cash for clunkers

Bay News: Clunker Cash for Cars and Soon Clunker Cash for Appliances Comment

Tougher stance on gang activity

With gang activity on the increase in Coney Island, the lawmaker representing the area is looking to put more teeth in prosecuting crime related to it. Comment

$125,000 to study bathhouse transformation

Bay News: It’s either Manhattan Beach becoming the city’s first green community, or a pie in the sky idea. Comment

Board Turns Thumbs Down on New Bar for Xtreme Billiards

On a bad evening, outside Xtreme Billiards, there can be loud arguments among patrons. Comment

Spirits Soaring in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: It has been decades since you could get a gin and tonic or a whiskey sour mixed with spirits distilled in New York City. Comment

Parents outraged by MTA’s elimination of transit passes for students

Brooklyn parents were up in arms after the MTA’s passage of their 2010 budget Thursday that included the elimination of free and reduced price public transportation for city kids to and from school. Comment

Suspected terrorists may face trial in Brooklyn

Brooklynites braced for the possibility of Guantánamo detainees being put on trial in the borough as Justice Department officials dismissed a New York Times story on the issue as “entirely speculative.” Comment

Williamsburg leads borough in stalled projects

Williamsburg: In a borough of stalled condo projects, the Williamsburg area is ground zero, according to a recent report. Comment

Gentile wins dreidel spinning tournament

Williamsburg: John “Johnny Hei’z” Heywood is your 2009 Major League Dreidel champion, and he didn’t even get bar mitzvahed! Comment

Board Chair Bows Out After Three Years

It was outgoing Chairperson Dean Rasinya’s time to be in the spotlight. Comment

Heartbreaking tale of the Underground Clown

Move over, Tillie — there’s a new clown in town. Comment

From NYCHA to Home Health Aides

Williamsburg: If Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Williamsburg) gets her way, some NYCHA residents might be able to lend seniors a helping hand, and get paid for it. Comment

Delayed Reopening Forecast for Fort Hamilton Branch Library

The Fort Hamilton branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) likely won’t be reopening this spring as originally planned. Comment

Parents outraged by MTA’s elimination of subway passes for students

Brooklyn parents were up in arms last week at the MTA’s latest plan to eliminate free and reduced price public transportation for city kids to and from school. Comment

Residents saddened by cyclist’s fatality

In the wake of a shocking fatality involving a cyclist and a truck on Nassau Avenue this weekend, North Brooklyn transportation advocates are calling for more safety improvements to one of the most dangerous intersections in the borough. Comment

Marketeer, weekly circular serving Brooklyn, folds

Newsday’s Marketeer, a weekly circular, has ceased publication, leaving tens of thousands of Brooklyn households without their weekly advertising bargains. Comment

Manhattan Beach private security teeters on edge of closure

A longtime neighborhood security patrol is threatening to silence its sirens if Manhattan Beach residents don’t cough up more money by the end of the year. Comment

Parks Commissioner supports Oriental Boulevard Planters

The czar of Brooklyn’s parks has heard from scores of Manhattan Beach residents about possible hazards associated with the large planters lining Oriental Boulevard -- and he’s responded with the proverbial ‘Let ‘em eat cake.’ Comment

Facebook follies over coupling Madison teachers

When the scandal broke about two foreign language teachers tongue wrestling in a classroom last week, students at James Madison High School learned a lot, but it wasn’t all sex ed. Comment

LGBT protestors hit Kruger’s turf

Since his vote against gay marriage affected their homes, an outraged group of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) activists visited Mill Island in an attempt to destroy the Sunday afternoon sanctity of the place where State Senator Carl Kruger hangs his hat. Comment

Grocery grumbles in Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn Courier: Hunger pains are hitting Downtown Brooklyn residents. Comment

Deprivation Be Gone: Brooklyn Entrepreneurs Offer High Quality Gluten-Free Goodies

Among the little miracles of nature is the action of gluten. Comment

FUREE leadership changes hands

ACORN may be going through a rough patch, but Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is on a roll. Comment

F express boon to some

Williamsburg: Transit officials last week promised to study whether to reinstitute express service along the F line, but said the initiative might hold more benefit to residents living south of tony Brownstone Brooklyn. Comment

2010 Census: You Can Count On It

For nine years, North Brooklyn residents have counted on State Senator Martin Dilan (D-Williamsburg) to deliver services for his constituents. Comment

Board Questions Some Trees Now Growing in Brooklyn

One Flatbush thoroughfare may have gone a little too green for local activists. Comment

Enforcement Against Illegally Parked Trucks Continues in Canarsie

The streets near Canarsie Cemetery continue to be haunted by tractor-trailers parked illegally at the curb overnight. Comment

Community Boards Threatened With Budget Cuts Again

For the third year in a row, the city’s community boards are facing the possibility of Draconian cuts as the city readies its next budget. Comment

EPA, City Embark on Newtown Creek Love Canal

Williamsburg: It must be love. And it smells like sewage. Comment

BC Looking to Continue Community Garden While Limiting Size and Scope

Flatbush: Brooklyn College is going ahead with plans to relocate the community garden now sited at the western end of the school’s athletic field. Comment

Sidewalk decals point way to Brooklyn’s cultural destinations

With all due respect to the Wizard of Oz, Brooklynites might soon be singing, ‘Follow the green arrow road.’ Comment

Ratner sells bonds to finance new arena

Brooklyn Courier: Investors quickly snapped up $511 million in bonds bringing Developer Bruce Ratner one major step closer to building the $1 billion Barclays Center arena at the Flatbush/Atlantic avenues intersection. Comment

Board 6 to Park Slope Armory: Open wide

Brooklyn Courier: When it finally opens its doors to the public, the Park Slope Armory must do so as widely as possible, Community Board 6 urged last week. Comment

Proposed apartment house is too close for comfort

A Gravesend homeowner is crying foul this week charging that her modest two-story house on 65th Street is in danger of becoming a “dungeon.” Comment

Seminara Wins Chairperson Post in CB 10 Election

A longtime political activist has claimed the reins of Community Board 10. Comment

Hey! Ho! Let’s go!

Williamsburg: Like a sea of scarlet waves with white caps crashing against an indifferent gray shore, a tide of 3,000 Santas descended upon Williamsburg last weekend, leaving only a frothy trail of Christmas cheer behind them. Comment

Oh, the places she’ll go!

Crime: Oh, the places she’ll go! Comment

Exit stage left: ‘As The World Turns’ to quit spinning in Bklyn

“As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

‘Yes’ to Dist. 20 rezoning

A controversial plan to rezone several District 20 schools got the A-OK. Comment

Superstar stylist checks into Brooklyn salon

Cutting edge hair experts at Salon Da Noi received tips from the top when world-famous hair artist Cristiano Cora stopped by to inform stylists about the latest trends in the hair and beauty industry. Comment

Ten Hut! Time to be merry

A royal revel %u2013 topped by a dollop of goodwill %u2013 greeted young frolickers as seasonal festivities got underway at Fort Hamilton Army Base. Comment

FDNY has quicksilver-like response over mercury scare

Talk about getting the lead out... Comment

DOJ dismisses Guantanamo detainee move to Bklyn

Brooklynites braced for the possibility of Guantánamo detainees being put on trial in the borough as Justice Department officials dismissed a New York Times story on the issue as “entirely speculative.” Comment

Remembering the ‘daily battle of kids with cancer’

A valiant Dyker Heights teenager, who lost his battle with cancer in September 2007 %u2013 two weeks before turning 17 %u2013 will live on to help others, thanks to the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation created by his family and friends to commemorate the late Xaverian High School student, and “to remember the daily battle of children with cancer.” Comment

Donations for the Troops gets you a free cup of soup

Vaccaro Pizza Royale is joining forces with American Legion Post #157 for “Soup for Troops,” which will help supply US Troops overseas with food, snacks, toiletries, and general comfort items, during a December 19 event at Vaccaro’s, 6718 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge. Comment

Double Take on Double Parking: CB 10 Goes Back to the Drawing Board

For now, Community Board 10 won’t have anything official to say about an NYPD policy that has police officers issuing tickets to parents who double-park in front of local schools at dismissal time to pick up their young children. Comment

Young Dancers in Repertory kids have plenty to be thankful for

Children and families from the Young Dancers in Repertory after-school program at PS 127’s McKinley Park School had plenty to be thankful for as the Brooklyn-based arts organization hosted a Thanksgiving feast at the Bay Ridge school, 7805 Seventh Avenue. Comment

Bloomberg vetoes grace period on parking tickets

City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment

‘Nancy’ author inspires youngsters

New York Times best-selling author Jane O’Connor, author of the “Fancy Nancy” series and more than 30 books for children, visited the students at Visitation Academy. Comment

A very swedish Christmas on 65th Street

BoroBeat: Seasonal cheer %u2013 Skansa-style %u2013 was on the agenda when the Swedish Folkdancers of New York launched the holiday season with its annual Lucia Pageant and Christmas Dance at the Danish Athletic Club. Comment

St. Anselm’s lights the tree

BoroBeat: Nimble fingers and shimmering eyes added to the splendor when parishioners ignited Yuletide joy at St. Anselm’s Church by bedecking and illuminating a festive fir. Comment

Spirit of the season burns bright on Bay Ridge parkway%A0

BoroBeat: Dyker Heights is twinkling for the holidays %u2013 thanks to the big-hearted efforts of its grassroots gladiators. Comment

Adelphi Academy celebrates the joys of the season

BoroBeat: Seasonal spirit added to the joy of glad tidings at Adelphi Academy where a winter wonderland wowed the crowd and ushered in the holidays. Comment

Good cheer takes center stage here

BoroBeat: Festive frolickers received a heart-warming dose of seasonal cheer when the Narrows Community Theater staged a Yuletide play at Salem Lutheran Church. Comment

Holiday message for all

BoroBeat: Yule be in for a festive treat if you happen to pass by master crafter John Zammit’s house this holiday season. Comment

‘Tis the season for holiday fun and games

BoroBeat: Fancy feet ignited the festive spirit at Christ Church of Bay Ridge where the faithful clapped and toe-tapped along to a Yuletide presentation by the Brooklyn Dance Center. Comment

Booze eyed in Coney accident

Bay News: Booze eyed in Coney accident Comment

‘Tis the season for giving...

Bay News: Grassroots gladiator Maria “ice cream gal” Campanella enlists the help of big-hearted vollies to set up a holiday food collection drive at the corner of Avenue U and West 10th Street. Proceeds will be distributed to Reaching Out Community Services for families in need. Comment

St. Edmund Prep senior wins scholarship

Bay News: Stephanie Tabone, a Senior at St. Edmund Prep, became the first recipient of a scholarship awarded by St. Edmund Preparatory High School’s Yearbook Print and Publishing Company, Yearbook Innovations. Comment

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A holly, jolly holiday display%A0

Bay News: Yule be in for a festive treat if you happen to pass by master crafter John Zammit’s house this holiday season. Comment

Marty’s amphitheater worries commission

Bay News: Opponents of Borough President Marty Markowitz’s plan to transform Asser Levy Seaside Park into a new kind of Westbury Music Fair are rejoicing this week after the city’s Design Commission decided to table their vote on the controversial plan. Comment

Bloomberg vetoes parking tix relief

Bay News: City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment

Immaculate Heart of March Church rejoices in season

Bay News: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church shimmers with the spirit of the season. Comment

Joseph’s dreamcoat wows holiday crowds%A0

Bay News: Budding performers ushered in the holidays with a rip-roaring performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Edward R. Murrow High School. Comment

Boody annual Winter Concert coming

Bay News: The music department of David A. Boody Intermediate School for Magnet Studies/IS 228 will perform its annual Winter Concert, December 22 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 228 Avenue S in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. For the first time, the school will also present a student art show on the same evening, beginning at 5 p.m. Comment

DOJ dismisses detainee move%A0

Bay News: Brooklynites braced for the possibility of Guantánamo detainees being put on trial in the borough as Justice Department officials dismissed a New York Times story on the issue as “entirely speculative.” Comment

Public School 52’s got talent

Bay News: Principal Ilene Altschul received an A-plus when she donned a slinky black chanteuse’s gown and took to the stage to exercise her vocal chords during a talent show at Public School 52. Comment

Tougher stance on gangs

Bay News: With gang activity on the increase in Coney Island, the lawmaker representing the area is looking to put more teeth in prosecuting crime related to it. Comment

Give to the Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive

Bay News: The Brooklyn Hospital Center is collecting toys for children this holiday season through December 31. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day. Comment

Neighbor decries 5-story incursion

Bay News: A Gravesend homeowner is crying foul this week charging that her modest two-story house on 65th Street is in danger of becoming a “dungeon.” Comment

‘As The World Turns’ exits Bklyn stage left

Bay News: “As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

Man, you gotta see the crash picture from Red Hook

Mean Streets: That was one pretty serious-looking accident at the troubled corner of Van Brunt Street and Dikeman Street in the heart of Red Hook on Friday afternoon. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: At least one group of bicycle activists is not excited by the planned Bedford Avenue topless bike protest through the Hasidic portion of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Comments (17)

OyPhone! Thieves are picking Apples right out of people’s hands!

The latest example of a growing crime trend. Comments (8)

It’s a real sign of confusion on Washington Avenue

Mean Streets: It may be the longest, and the most-confusing, bus stop in all of Brooklyn — and it’s running roughshod over Prospect Heights drivers. Comment
Red Hook: A controversial charter school sought to diffuse mounting tensions inside the Red Hook building it shares with a public school by dropping the bombshell news that has almost all the money it needs to build its own permanent facility. Comments (15)
Bridge ‘Park’: A DUMBO real-estate titan and his wife’s dream of donating her lovingly restored, 1920s-era carousel to the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront development was finally realized on Thursday when state officials finally accepted the gift. Comments (7)
Williamsburg: A major atheist group and a priest are suing the borough’s Catholic leadership, alleging that the church violated its tax-free status by making thousands of pre-recorded calls during the November election campaign that endorsed candidates favored by Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Comments (6)

Knocked out for purse

Williamsburg: Knocked out for purse Comment

Fourteen years for legal eagle

Williamsburg: Fourteen years for legal eagle Comment

Brooklyn mom searches for bone marrow match

Williamsburg: Some call it an axiom. Others call it a rule. But it’s something that Jennifer Jones Austin has lived her life by: when your going through life, don’t avoid the bumps -- ride over them. Comment

Ride advocates file suit against city

Williamsburg: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Lane change! Vigilantes repaint Bedford bike lanes

Williamsburg: Some cycling activists are taking the law into their own hands. Comment

City to EPA: We want the creek clean, too

Williamsburg: Mayor Bloomberg’s administration wants Newtown Creek cleaned up, but they are not sold on Superfund just yet. Comment

Brooklyn decks the Hall

Williamsburg: Lilting music, a romp with Santa and the lighting of a majestic fir ignited holiday celebrations at Borough Hall. Comment

New Kings Plot Future While Levin is Crowned

Williamsburg: While Brooklyn Democratic leaders celebrated Councilmember-elect Steve Levin’s ceremonial inauguration at stately Borough Hall, a group of 50 Democratic activists met in a dingy first-floor room of a Williamsburg church to gain more influence within the county’s cumbersome and fractured Democratic Party. Comment

Residents urged to donate winter coats

Williamsburg: Borough President Marty Markowitz and New York Cares are asking Brooklynites to give the coats off their back, sort of. Comment

B44 bus changes

Williamsburg: A revamped B44 route will bring bus-only lanes and parking changes to Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Buy a dreidel, fight dyslexia

Williamsburg: Leah David is hoping to beat dyslexia using one dreidel at a time. Comment

Brooklyn Community Pride Center hosts holiday party for LGBT kids and families

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Community Pride Center will host its first family event, A Holiday Party for LGBT families and kids of all ages, December 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street at Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Bloomberg vetos five-minute parking grace period

Williamsburg: City drivers may yet catch a break from getting a parking ticket when the meter expires, but it won’t be on Mayor Bloomberg’s dime. Comment

Outrage over convicted divorce judge

Williamsburg: The fact that disgraced judge Gerald Garson will be home for the holidays is “reprehensible” and a “mockery of justice,” a group of divorced mothers and domestic violence survivors claimed Monday as they protested the convicted septuagenarian’s early release from prison. Comment

NbPAC Lights Up Your Life

Williamsburg: When the sun goes down, McCarren Park will be warmly illuminated this month, only it has nothing to do with the holidays. Comment

Donate a coat, keep a child warm this winter

Williamsburg: The Bridge Cleaners & Tailorskicked off their annual Coats For Kids drive for the 25th year.The mission of Coats For Kids is simple- anyone in need of a coat will have one. Bridge Cleaners & Tailors, a downtown fixture, is accepting gently used, warm kid, adult and baby sized winter coats now through January 31.Coats collected will be donated to Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services. Comment

War of the Roses: Satmar sect split seeps into zoning showdown

Williamsburg: Borough President Marty Markowitz found himself in the middle of a simmering feud between the leaders of two rival Hasidic factions over a troubled Williamsburg waterfront development project this week. Comment

2010 Brooklyn Cyclones schedule announced

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2010 regular-season schedule has been announced, featuring 38 home games for the borough’s baseball team — now entering its landmark 10th season. The Cyclones’ 2010 schedule also boasts an “every game guarantee,” which ensures something for everyone, all summer long. Comment

Please silence your Blackberry

Williamsburg: Please silence your Blackberry Comment

Everybody Into the Pool! Pols Break Ground at McCarren

Williamsburg: Nearly 70 years after it was first constructed through a federal Works Progress Administration project, McCarren Park Pool is nearly ready to once again play host to Brooklyn’s swimmers, bathers and skaters. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Williamsburg: Improved Belt Parkway Comment

Furniture giant helps in the fight against cancer

Williamsburg: IKEA Brooklyn will host a special breakfast fundraiser, December 19 & 20 to fight cancer. One hundred percent of the revenue from all breakfasts sold between 9:30-11 a.m. on those days will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of IKEA Red Hook, 1 Beard Street, which will take place June 5, 2010 along the IKEA waterfront. Comment

Triangle Squared! Rezoning Passes Two Key Council Votes

Williamsburg: The lights are still up on the Broadway Triangle. Comment

Bam has become a handi-wipe for Islamo-thugs

Williamsburg: It took our sworn enemies hardly any time at all to deliver a bloody and bombastic response to President Obama’s meek speech on US foreign policy in Afghanistan. Comment

America by the numbers

Williamsburg: OK, gang. Here we go. Once again I offer you AMERICA - BY THE NUMBERS. Comment

‘Hey, St. Peter ... make way for Aunt Mary!

Williamsburg: My daughter called her Tzi Tzi Grandma, I called her Mary and my husband, on occasion, called her the Bulldog, because she never let go of anything.She was my aunt, my mom’s last living sister. She was a survivor. Comment

Skee-Ball scores with the hipster crowd

BoroBeat: Good times have begun to roll at the new Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg where the sleight of hand took time out from sipping suds to compete in the first-ever “Brewskee-Ball” contest of the Skee-Ball league. Comment

Sidewalk global warming has a message for President Obama in Copenhagen

BoroBeat: With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment

Repo raid

Brooklyn Courier: Repo raid Comment

Republican wants to change CFB

Brooklyn Courier: Next time, if there is a next time, he want’s a more even playing field. Comment

Merchants roll with gate ban

Brooklyn Courier: Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment

Second annual Holiday Craft Market at Brooklyn Lyceum

Brooklyn Courier: The Brooklyn Lyceum presents its second annual Holiday Craft Market, December 19-20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 227 Fourth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Comment

Please silence your%A0Blackberry

Brooklyn Courier: Please silence your Blackberry Comment

New plan for speedier B44 bus service

Brooklyn Courier: A revamped B44 route will bring bus-only lanes and parking changes to Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Tree lighting at Columbia and Sackett streets

Brooklyn Courier: Flick the switch and this year’s Christmas season kicks off at the third annual Holiday Tree lighting ceremony on December 11 from 5:30 -7 p.m. at the Human Compass Garden, Columbia and Sackett streets in the downtown section of Brooklyn. Comment

De Blasio backs off controversial bill

Brooklyn Courier: A controversial proposal to amend a city code so that a private school in Carroll Gardens may expand has been postponed until next year, lawmakers and school officials announced this week. Comment

Community Partners get nod from 78th Precinct Council

Brooklyn Courier: Community stalwarts received special recognition recently from the 78th Precinct Community Council. Honorees at the group’s Nov. 24 meeting included Frank Violante and Jack Pytluk of Ocean 8 Sports Bar and Grill on Flatbush Avenue, La Villa Restaurant on Fifth Avenue, and Matthew Pintchik, owner of Pintchik’s Hardware on Bergen Street. The businesses and individuals dedicate their time and resources to keep the all-volunteer council strong, according to Pauline Blake, the group’s president. “We’ve had so many great community partners,” said Blake. “Thank you for being there.”Pintchik said he was honored to be recognized, but said the real acclaim should be directed towards “the men and women of the 78th Precinct.” Comment

Ride advocates sue for bigger outdoor park

Brooklyn Courier: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Pipe up: Christmas caroling in Boerum Hill

Brooklyn Courier: Come one come all and sing a carol or two at this year’s Christmas caroling event. No experience necessary, just a whole lot of Christmas cheer required. Comment

Gowanus joins Generation Facebook

Brooklyn Courier: The Gowanus Canal has finally joined the 21st century: The fetid waterway has its own group on Facebook. Comment

Condo critics not ready to welcome city control of park

Brooklyn Courier: The Bloomberg administration’s goal of assuming control of the development of Brooklyn Bridge Park from the state and infusing it with $55 million has not assuaged critics who don’t want to see luxury condos erected on site of the public park %u2013 even if it amounts to only 10 percent of the acreage. Comment

Park Slope raises money for one of its own

Brooklyn Courier: James Fitzpatrick may have moved from Park Slope years ago, but this holiday season, the neighborhood is showing it never forgets one of its own. Comment

Santa claus comes to town; fans rejoice!

BoroBeat: Neighbors joined festive forces to help spread the spirit of the season by illuminating a towering timber with ribbons of lights in Park Slope. Comment

Global warming message for prez%A0

BoroBeat: With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment

Murdered on Henry

Brooklyn Courier: Murdered on Henry Comment

Carroll Park is brimming with good holiday cheer

Brooklyn Courier: A tree glows in Carroll Park. Comment

Greater demand placed on Brooklyn food pantries

Brooklyn Courier: More Brooklynites than ever are hungry. Comment

Fast acting cops honored by 76th Precinct Council

Brooklyn Courier: A cell phone snatcher was no match for a duo of dynamic cops from the 76th Precinct, recognized recently by the 76th Precinct Community Council for dialing in some fine police work. Comment

Merchants roll with metal gate ban

Brooklyn Courier: Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment

Crime slide continues in 76th Precinct

Brooklyn Courier: Crime statistics in the 76th Precinct are mostly good, a little bad, but certainly not ugly, according to the precinct’s top cop, who pointed to data showing a downward trend of criminal activity. Comment

Gowanus support stirs controversy

Brooklyn Courier: A federal lawmaker is selfishly supporting a proposal to designate the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site to keep out future voters who might not cast their votes her way, an influential local activist is charging. Comment

Sidewalk rally to fight global warming

BoroBeat: With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment

Just in time for yuletide celebrations

BoroBeat: Seasonal goodwill, holiday songs and the lighting of a majestic pine ignited Yuletide celebrations in Boerum Hill. Comment

Robbed right outside home

Brooklyn Heights: Robbed right outside home Comment

Silver and gold at Borough Hall

Brooklyn Heights: Lilting music, a romp with Santa and the lighting of a majestic fir ignited holiday celebrations at Borough Hall. Comment

Boerum Hill residents worry about possible crack house

Brooklyn Heights: Boerum Hill residents are rife with concern about an alleged crack house in a vacant brownstone building at 416 Pacific Street between Bond and Nevins streets. Comment

Shops okay with ban on metal roll down gates

Brooklyn Heights: Local businesses gave a thumbs up to recently passed city legislation that would gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates on shops to cut down on high rates of graffiti. Comment

Lit up with the joys of the holidays

Brooklyn Heights: Seasonal goodwill, holiday songs and the lighting of a majestic pine ignited Yuletide celebrations in Boerum Hill. Comment

Sidewalk global warming

Brooklyn Heights: With homemade ice globes in tow, members of the Green Party rallied in Park Slope for climate change legislation that “follows the demands of the earth, not big business.” Comment

White-knuckle ride in Coney: critics file lawsuit

Brooklyn Heights: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

“Yes” to District 20 rezoning

A controversial plan to rezone several District 20 schools got the A-OK. Comment

“As The World Turns” to leave Brooklyn

“As The World Turns” is preparing for its final spin. Comment

Busy season for Antibalas

It’s a pretty good time to be in Antibalas right now. Comment

Senesh gets attention of Board 6

Community Board 6 threw several ounces of prevention at a proposal to amend the city code so that a Carroll Gardens private school may expand — even though the proposal has already been withdrawn by the lawmaker who planned to introduce it this week. Comment

Here they are — your Police Blotters

Crime: If it’s Wednesday, it’s Police Blotter day on BrooklynPaper.com. Find your neighborhood below or click the link above to get a full list. Read more…

Killed by bus

Kings Courier: A 65-year-old woman was killed last week after she was struck by a B41 bus motoring through Bergen Beach. Comment

Meter site ‘no-go’

Kings Courier: A plan that was a day-after-Election-Day shocker from the city administration was stopped in its tracks by outrage from local elected officials. Comment

Community boards fear mayor’s hit list

Kings Courier: Like school boards, and the doomed dodo bird before them, members of Brooklyn’s community boards are on edge this week fearing that Mayor Mike Bloomberg is intent on putting them on a “slippery slope to oblivion.” Comment

White-knuckle ride in Coney

Kings Courier: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Tall community salute to real-life lifesavers

BoroBeat: Volunteer emergency rescue workers were delivered a tall salute for their life-saving work during an awards ceremony presented by the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps (FVAC). Comment

Fillmore introduces Virtual ‘REbarcamp’ online

BoroBeat: Move over dull old boot camp, there’s an exciting new training facility in town %u2013 and its in cyberspace. Comment

Brooklyn masons salute D.A. Hynes

BoroBeat: Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes (center) accepts the distinguished Brooklyn Masonic Award from Lennox Britton, president of the First Kings Masonic District (left), as Masonic District Deputy Grand Master Cyril A. Francis looks on. The award capped the organization’s annual interfaith service at the Midwood Masonic Temple, 1348 East 64th Street, which also served to honor Francis with the Norman Peale Memorial Masonic Award. Comment

IS 278’s Builder’s Club supports UNICEF

BoroBeat: The Marine Park Intermediate School 278’s Builders Club, inits efforts to help those in need, both at home and abroad, helped to collect money for UNICEF’s Project Uruguay. The initiative was of special interest to Spanish teacher Maria Pastorini, who is from Uruguay and was able to make cross cultural connections for the students, thus encouraging more involvement. Comment

Ye olde fashioned yuletide experience

BoroBeat: Mom, dad and the kids enjoyed a slice of yesteryear, harking back to the Colonial era, when Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum hosted a St. Nicholas Day celebration, featuring tours, refreshments and a delightful history lesson. Comment

Help find her

Flatbush: Cops are turning to the community’s help in their search for a missing deaf Kensington woman. Comment

Wild ride in Coney Island

Flatbush: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Holy Cross Church revels in Christmas

Flatbush: A tree glows in Flatbush. Comment

Fourteen years for legal eagle

Canarsie: A Brooklyn attorney who was accused of threatening and intimidating witnesses scheduled to testify against his drug lord client was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday, Federal prosecutors said. Comment

Cash and carry

Canarsie: A trio of gun-toting thieves is being sought for holding up a Flatlands Avenue check-cashing store. Comment

‘Hey, St. Peter ... make way for Aunt Mary!

Canarsie: My daughter called her Tzi Tzi Grandma, I called her Mary and my husband, on occasion, called her the Bulldog, because she never let go of anything.She was my aunt, my mom’s last living sister. She was a survivor. Comment

7 of 9 BK sens ok gay marriage

Canarsie: The New York State Senate failed to hear the call for gay marriage last week despite a wave of support from the Brooklyn delegation and an impassioned speech from one usually soft-spoken borough legislator. Comment

Furniture giant helps in the fight against cancer

Canarsie: IKEA Brooklyn will host a special breakfast fundraiser, December 19 & 20 to fight cancer. One hundred percent of the revenue from all breakfasts sold between 9:30-11 a.m. on those days will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of IKEA Red Hook, which will take place June 5, 2010 along the IKEA waterfront. Comment

Community boards fear Bloomberg’s hit list

Canarsie: Like school boards, and the doomed dodo bird before them, members of Brooklyn’s community boards are on edge this week fearing that Mayor Mike Bloomberg is intent on putting them on a “slippery slope to oblivion.” Comment

Woman injured in Mercedes crack-up

Canarsie: Paramedics remove an injured woman from a crumpled Mercedes Benz following a two-car collision at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Bedford Avenue. Officials said that the Mercedes was rolling through the intersection Wednesday morning when it was struck by a Nissan Maxima. Comment

Oreo’s owner to stand trial

A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment

Fidler for finance?

Canarsie: The chair for the City Council’s powerful Finance Committee could have a Brooklyn state of mind. Three names reported as potential successors to current chair David Weprin include Brooklyn lawmakers Lew Fidler, Simcha Felder and Domenic Recchia. Comment

Fighting for a better ride

Canarsie: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Cell Phones for Soldiers drive begins

Canarsie: Cell Phones for Soldiers and Century 21 Real Estate are kicking off their cell phone collection drive. Comment

City a Quarter of the Way to Tree Planting Goal

Canarsie: So far, approximately 250,000 trees have been planted citywide as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Million Trees program, which aims to add that many trees to the city landscape, both in parks and on streets, by the year 2017. Comment

Leaving our brooms for bombs

Bay News: Each December we remember - Before the Thanksgiving Day turkey is fully digested, we see that last calendar page come up on our kitchen wall. Comment

JWE puts on a not-to-be-missed show

Bay News: The moment you enter the John W. Engeman Theater (JWE) at Northport, you know you’re going to have a wonderful evening.Could it be the free valet parking right outside the theater that catches your fancy? Or is the warm ambience of the Green Room’s Piano Bar and lounge, resembling a Manhattan Bar on the Main Street of Northport Village? Serving the finest drinks, wines and beers before and after each performance, drinks can be ordered in the magnificent amphitheater itself by waitresses serving in the adjoining lobby.I’ve been there twice so far, last year when JWE performed Oliver and my granddaughter made her debut in a professional theater andthis time’s for Miracle’s opening night. Comment

Coney zoning fight

Bay News: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Local lady celebrates her centennial

Bay News: What’s her secret? Boasting age-defying good looks and a svelte figure, Sheepshead Bay birthday gal Ella Kirkland turned 100 years young, celebrating the milestone occasion with relatives and friends at Buckley’s Restaurant. Comment

Community boards fear hit list

Bay News: Like school boards, and the doomed dodo bird before them, members of Brooklyn’s community boards are on edge this week fearing that Mayor Mike Bloomberg is intent on putting them on a “slippery slope to oblivion.” Comment

Cop, fireman, attorney inspire kids to read

Bay News: A cop, a fireman and an attorney returned to the classroom to tell tales to a rapt audience during a “Celebrity Reader’s Day” at Public School 105. Comment

De Blasio backs off controversial bill

A controversial proposal to amend a city code so that a private school in Carroll Gardens may expand has been postponed until next year, lawmakers and school officials announced this week. Comment

Park Slope raises money for one of its own

James Fitzpatrick may have moved from Park Slope years ago, but this holiday season, the neighborhood is showing it never forgets one of its own. Comment

Just Too Close to Be Neighborly: Board Opposes Home Extension Again

A local community group has reiterated its opposition to a home enlargement that leaves only half an inch between the structure and its neighbor. Comment

War of the Roses: Satmar sect split seeps into zoning showdown

Borough President Marty Markowitz found himself in the middle of a simmering feud between the leaders of two rival Hasidic factions over a troubled Williamsburg waterfront development project this week. Comment

Manhattan Beach looks to become solar powered

It’s either Manhattan Beach becoming the city’s first green community, or a pie in the sky idea. Comment

Innovative Group Home to Offer Short Term Respite for Families of Disabled Kids

Kings Courier: Usually, group homes are long-term residences, in which several developmentally disabled individuals live together for years and years. Comment

Gay marriage shot down, despite Brooklyn support

Kings Courier: The New York State Senate failed to hear the call for gay marriage last week despite a wave of support from the Brooklyn delegation and an impassioned speech from one usually soft-spoken borough legislator. Comment

Outrage over convicted divorce judge’s early release

The fact that disgraced judge Gerald Garson will be home for the holidays is “reprehensible” and a “mockery of justice,” a group of divorced mothers and domestic violence survivors claimed Monday as they protested the convicted septuagenarian’s early release from prison. Comment

New proposed law to deter gang recruitment

With gang activity on the increase in Coney Island, the lawmaker representing the area is looking to put more teeth in prosecuting crime related to it. Comment

New diabetes drugs detailed at Brooklyn hospital

There’s hope on the horizon for the 155,000 Brooklynites coping with diabetes, medical experts recently forecast. Comment

Behold, the Chanukah House!

Canarsie: Thirteen years ago, Arielle Teitelbaum had a bright idea. Comment

Community Boards fear mayoral hit list

Like school boards, and the doomed dodo bird before them, members of Brooklyn’s community boards are on edge this week fearing that Mayor Mike Bloomberg is intent on putting them on a “slippery slope to oblivion.” Comment

Condo critics not ready to welcome city control of park

The Bloomberg administration’s goal of assuming control of the development of Brooklyn Bridge Park from the state and infusing it with $55 million has not assuaged critics who don’t want to see luxury condos erected on site of the public park – even if it amounts to only 10 percent of the acreage. Comment

P.S. 217 parents fear “Dreams”

If Brooklyn Dreams Charter School opens in Flatbush, P.S. 217 will suffer, parents say. Comment

Lane change! Vigilantes repaint Bedford bike lanes

Some cycling activists are taking the law into their own hands. Comment

B44 bus changes

A revamped B44 route will bring bus-only lanes and parking changes to Nostrand Avenue. Comment

Republican wants to change CFB

Next time, if there is a next time, he want’s a more even playing field. Comment

Board Defers Vote on Gas Drilling in Watershed, Citing Need for More Info

Despite a looming deadline for commenting on the state’s plans to allow gas drilling close to or inside the New York City watershed, Community Board 14 has declined for now to take a position on the matter. Comment

Board Rivalry Takes Friendly Turn, as Members Vie for Chair Post

With the tenure of Community Board 10’s current chair winding down, the race is on for his successor. Comment

Cops Offer Advice to Motorists, Beginning With, Don’t Drink and Drive

As happens every year, local motorists have been on the receiving end of advice that is intended to make sure that everyone’s holiday is merry: Don’t drink and drive. Comment

Students exposed to asbestos

The city Department of Education (DOE) is under fire for last week’s incident exposing Lafayette High School students and staffers to asbestos. Comment

Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols at St. John

A Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols is being offered December 13, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9818 Fort Hamilton Parkway. Comment

Commodore Barry Club’s Annual Social and Dance at St. Pat’s

The Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn’s Annual Social and Dance will be held December 12, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at St. Patrick’s, 97th Street auditorium (enter through 97th Street & Fourth Avenue). Comment

Oreo’s owner to face justice in court

A howl for justice has just been answered. Comment

Giving warms the heart

Big-hearted patrons brought a gift and received a free brewski when the Schnitzel Haus held a toy drive for local children in need, complete with a holiday sing-song by Frankie Marra & His Band. Comment

Killed by slab

A 47-year-old man died Monday in an apparent freak accident involving a granite slab. Comment

OLPH students ring in the holiday season with festive tree lighting

Residents of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park enjoyed a festive dose of holiday cheer as students from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School, under the musical direction of Henry Diaz, participated in the Sunset Park Business Improvement District’s annual tree lighting ceremony in front of the OLPH Basilica, 60th Street and Fifth Avenue. Comment

Our lady of perpetual help rings in the holidays

BoroBeat: A magic show by local entertainer King Henry, sweet youth performances and the illumination of a majestic timber ignited the holiday spirit in Bay Ridge when the Sunset Park Business Improvement District held a tree lighting in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH). Comment

Nativity scene ushers in Christmas

BoroBeat: Community cheer and the illumination of a festive fir ignited the spirit of the season at Our Lady of Angels, where students and staffers joined festive forces with neighbors to usher in the holidays. Comment

Neighbors forge new bonds ‘round the tree

BoroBeat: A tree glows in Shore Road Garden. Comment

Gang check

Bay News: Four thugs %u2013 three males and a young woman %u2013 attacked a Sheepshead Bay teen with a baseball bat last week after asking him if he was a gang member, officials alleged. Comment

Brooklynites urged to donate warm winter coats this season

Bay News: Borough President Marty Markowitz and New York Cares are asking Brooklynites to give the coats off their back, sort of. Comment

Mom killer admits guilt, calls shooting

Bay News: The man who gunned down a single mom during a botched Bensonhurst robbery last year admitted his guilt last week, claiming that victim Jessica Enger was shot “by accident.” Comment

Coney rezoning challenged

Bay News: Coney Island ride advocates have filed suit against the city charging the Bloomberg administration ignored expert studies and kowtowed to private developer Thor Equities in its efforts to rezone the world famous amusement district. Comment

Asbestos scare at Lafayette High School

Bay News: The city Department of Education (DOE) is under fire for last week’s incident exposing Lafayette High School students and staffers to asbestos. Comment

Passage of Bill saves taxpayers $48 Billion over 30 years

Bay News: Governmental Employees Committee Chair Peter J. Abbateannounced the passage of legislation he sponsored (Extraordinary Session Bill A.26) that would enact a new and cost efficient tier of pension benefits for public employees which could save the state and local governments $48.5 billion over the next 30 years. The new Tier V legislation applies to both uniformed and non-uniformed public employees and significantly reforms the pension system. Comment

60 cop promoted, celebrates 20 years in Coney Island

Bay News: Coney Island has been home to a lot of carnies and clowns over the years. Now it’s home to a bona-fide detective. Comment

Your weekly newsbriefs

Here’s a rare find: a Christian-based mission that doesn’t want anything to do with the merry old elf in the big red suit. Comment

Graffiti plagues Sheepshead Bay and Homecrest area

Bay News: Graffiti is rearing its ugly head again. Comment

Manhattan Beach icon is honored

Bay News: The deeds one does in life are often what is most remembered by loved ones and the community at large after a person dies. Comment

All-Brooklyn girls soccer honors

High School Sports: The season over in Brooklyn was about new faces emerging. Fort Hamilton had its best campaign in recent memory, winning a share of the PSAL Brooklyn A-III title and Grand Street Campus finished 10-2 to take the Brooklyn A-VIII crown. Goldstein made its first playoff appearance as an ‘A’ team. The one familiar program, Fontbonne Hall, was as good as ever. The Bonnies recaptured the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens title and were undefeated in the regular season. Comment

All-Brooklyn boys soccer honors

High School Sports: The season on the pitch was marked by near-misses for Brooklyn. Comment

Multi-dimensional Vikings start season off right

High School Sports: South Shore went to the PSAL Class AA city title game at Madison Square Garden and in its season opener last week, showed the potential to do just that again %u2013 especially on the offensive end. Comment

Kamari Murphy leaves Bishop Ford for Lincoln

High School Sports: Highly touted junior forward Kamari Murphy has withdrawn from Bishop Ford HS and has enrolled at Lincoln HS, the New York Post learned last Thursday night. Comment

Sheepshead Bay lady celebrates 100th birthday

BoroBeat: What’s her secret? Boasting age-defying good looks and a svelte figure, Sheepshead Bay birthday gal Ella Kirkland turned 100 years young, celebrating the milestone occasion with relatives and friends at Buckley’s Restaurant. Comment

Speedsters ‘stack up’ nicely against the world

BoroBeat: On your marks, get set and stack up. Comment

Living Nativity on display

BoroBeat: The New Utrecht Reformed Church invites residents of Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton and beyond to visit its famous outdoor Living Nativity, on the church lawn, 18th Avenue between […] Comment

Cop, fireman and attorney inspire kids to read

BoroBeat: A cop, a fireman and an attorney returned to the classroom to tell tales to a rapt audience during a “Celebrity Reader’s Day” at Public School 105. Comment

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